Decoding Your Plant’s Sunlight Needs

High light, medium light, low light – what does it actually mean? We’ll break it down for you so you know just how much light, and what kind, your houseplant needs to grow and thrive.

High = Bright direct sunlight

Bright light means a sunny spot that gets direct sunlight for the majority of the day such as a southern or western facing window.

Plants that require high levels of sunlight, such as Aloes and some varieties of Palms, will need to be placed in a bright spot where they’ll get direct sunlight for at least 5-6 hours a day.

Medium = Medium, indirect sunlight

Indirect light is an area with an east-facing window or an area that has a filter between the light source and your plant.

Plants that prefer medium to bright, indirect sunlight such as Rubber Trees, should be placed further from a window, or near a sunny window with a sheer curtain to prevent the plant from getting burned or scorched.

Low = Low sunlight or artificial light

Low light areas in your space will typically be rooms with north-facing or partially shaded windows.

Plants that can do well in low light, such as ZZ Plants and Snake Plants, will be able to survive in an area that gets little to no sunlight. You can place a low-light plant in a dark corner, or in a room that only gets artificial light.

Once you’ve determined the amount of light your space gets, you can shop accordingly using the filters on our site. Just remember that finding the optimal lighting for your plant can take some trial and error, so monitor where you place your plant and adjust if needed.

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